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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013
Embrace your femininity on the trail with this oh-so-flattering skirt. Pockets included.
This little black skirt is so comfortable and flattering, one tester wore it around town almost as much as she wore it on the trail. And even if style isn’t a high priority for your trail clothes, you may still find yourself reaching for this shorts-alternative every time the weather is warm. “The pocket system was a revelation,” says one tester, who stuffed a cell phone, lip balm, small camera, and snack in the skirt’s five clever compartments—including one on each thigh and a zippered one in back—for dayhikes in the foothills around Boulder. “I could carry more in this skirt, and more comfortably, than I ever have with a pair of hiking pants.” Other testers praised the built-in, 5-inch-long wicking undershorts, whose “skintight but stretchy fabric allowed for a wide range of motion, while preventing chafing in the inner thigh area.” Tough nylon/polyester/spandex outer fabric didn’t cling and withstood brushes against rocks and trees without snagging. At 14.5 inches long (16 in the back), the skirt is just right: It’s not cheerleader-short, but not so long that it restricts movement while scrambling or jogging. The elastic drawstring waistband helps it stay securely in place, with a small toggle that didn’t bother testers under their packs. Bummer: The built-in undershorts mean no layering over tights or changing undergarments, so the Adventure Girl is best for warm-weather dayhikes. $70; 8.2 oz. (L); XS-XL; skirtsports.com